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Do you have a preferred font that you use for each document? If so, it can be very frustrating to switch to Arial 11 size when creating a new document.
The font you choose for your documents can contribute to the design of your document. Sometimes certain industries require a specific font, or a specific font may serve a specific purpose. However, Google’s default font isn’t for everyone.
While it is probably best not to stray too far from Calibri and Arial, it is also said that changing the font can help create a new sense of purpose.
How to Adjust the Default Font or Line Spacing in Google Docs
- Create a new document or go to a current document with the desired formatting
- Move your cursor over a few sentences, set as you wish, with the font and spacing you prefer
- Go to Format > Paragraph Formats > Normal Text
- Select Update Normal Text to adjust it.
- Then go to Format menu > Paragraph Styles > Options
- Select “Save as my default styles”.
Do this once, and remember that your documents will look nice every time you write something.
You can also change other default settings. For example, titles, headings and borders. And if you ever want to go back to the original Google Doc font, just go to Format>Options>Restore styles.
Please note that this does not retroactively affect previously created documents. It will only be used by default for new documents created in the future. I don’t think there is a way to change the default value throughout the organization, as users define their own defaults. However, they can require everyone to use a particular font and share this information with them so that they can change their default settings accordingly.
When you create a document in Google Docs, default settings such as font, line spacing, and background color are automatically applied to the document. It’s fairly easy to change any of these elements for part or all of the document, on a case-by-case basis. However, if you consistently use the same settings in most or all of your Google Docs, you can save a lot of time and worry by changing the default settings for your documents.
That’s the solution! The next time you open and type a new document, your text will appear in the font you choose by default.
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